Open Farm Community, a restaurant, outdoor farm and boutique cafe, has recently unveiled a revamped menu that is bound to delight adventurous palates. The trendy new dishes possess dashes of Singaporean influences, and ingredients are either harvested from their very own garden, or sourced from farms in and around Singapore.
To start, we slurped up the Garden Pea Soup ($22) with a generous amount of Jamon that not only added a punch of flavour, but also melted in the mouth wonderfully. The garden knife beans and sugar snap peas added texture and even more nutrients to the healthy soup. Oh, and did I mention that there’s fresh pita bread on the side?
The beautifully Roasted King Prawns ($28), elevated with garden herb gremolata was quite the charmer!
If you prefer bold appetizers, check out the Crispy Jurong Frog Legs ($26) and Steak Tartare ($26). The tempura frog legs, which boast a fleshy, juicy bite with a crispy exterior, are partially submerged in a mouth-watering lemak inspired curry. Diners can expect rich flavours thanks to the liberal use of spices. It’s difficult not to be captivated by this unique interpretation of the traditional style curry.
Taking inspiration from chicken rice, the steak tartar is marinated with ginger and chilli, and heat levels are sufficient to clear a congested nose. The combination may sound weird but worked surprisingly well. The meaty appetizer is completed with an organic egg yolk, and a dollop of coriander puree which binded everything together.
Main Courses & Pasta
Fans of the ocean will fall hard for the OFC Fish Burger ($30), prepared with red grouper for that premium touch. The fish patty itself was perfectly fried- still crisps despite our lengthy photo taking, whilst its interior remained moist, flaky and fork-tender. A major win for me is that there’s no unpleasant greasy mouth feel. And because white sandwich buns are too mainstream, toasted squid ink buns are featured instead.
We were more impressed with the unassuming Joe- BBQ Half Chicken ($36). It’s not easy for this classic chicken dish to go wrong, but neither is it easy to conjure one that exceeds expectations. The sweet corn ragout and potato fondant make superb accompaniments too.
Carb lovers will enjoy the Garden Holy Basil Gnocchi ($26) tossed in unique lemongrass sauce and accentuated with pickled ladies fingers. We also like that the homemade gnocchi featured a soft, chewy bite.
For a dessert with discernible flavors, yet light on the palate and tummy, go for the Pandan & Banana Custard ($18), served with a scoop of refreshing sugar cane sorbet, ginger biscuits adorned with pretty edible flowers. Especially loved the bits of lemongrass sago bursting in every mouthful, and the lovely array of hues in this ensemble!
To complement the new locally inspired menu, OFC has also put together new cocktails and mocktails prepared using freshly plucked ingredients from their very own fruit and vegetable patch.
What’s more? OFC offers a new set lunch menu too. Lunch with the Locals showcases 100% locally sourced selections such as Sambal Kangkong Risotto doused in lemak curry foam with crispy kang kong leaves and Local Quail Breast & Crispy Confit Leg with frilled spring onion balsamic. Lunch with the Locals set lunch is priced at $35++ for 2 courses, $42++ for 3 courses and $52++ for 4 courses.
There’s no doubt that Open Farm Community’s novel dishes will be a major lure for foodies, plus, it’s hard to go wrong with a place where the food philosophy is to serve quality nosh. OFC’s setting oozes an abundance of charm, making this venue an excellent choice for lazy afternoons and chilling out in the evenings. Sporty peeps may take interest exploring the garden (keep an eye out for the roaming chickens), or get active with lawn bowling.
Many thanks to Bless Inc Asia and Open Farm Community for the invite.